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So you want to publish in the field of Higher Education?

Intended audience

This workshop is designed for those who wish to build their confidence and ability to write for publication in journals in the field of Higher Education).

Learning outcomes

  • Enhanced confidence in writing for publication in HERD, and similar journals
  • Enhanced awareness of what counts as quality research in Higher Education
  • Enhanced awareness of key features of good writing in the field of Higher Education

Workshop description

Getting published in higher education journals can be challenging. Those who successfully publish in their own discipline can find it daunting to ‘cross over’ into another field of study (Elliot-Johns, 2011). Even those with more experience in higher education research can find it difficult to navigate the publishing options now available to them in the field. What do reviewers and editors of these journals look for? What are the characteristics of quality research in this field? How can I determine which journal is right for my paper? What are the common reasons that papers are rejected?

This interactive two and a half hour workshop will provide participants with opportunities to develop and share strategies for addressing these questions. The workshop, presented by members of the new editorial team for Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) will provide a range of practical strategies to identify and overcome the challenges often experienced by those new, and not so new to higher education research, writing and publication.

To help design the workshop to meet the needs of participants, attendees will be asked to provide some information beforehand. The facilitators will use this information to shape the design of the workshop.

Workshop plan

  1. Exploring blockers and enablers of writing for publication in the field of higher education (presenter led discussion)
  2. What are the characteristics of good research in higher education (think, pair share activity using template, followed by wider discussion)
  3. Is HERD the right journal for your paper? A ‘trouble shooting panel’ of HERD editors discuss common reasons for HERD rejections, and tips on how to increase likelihood of success, followed by discussion
  4. Planning for success (reflective activity using template)


Elliott-Johns, S. (2011). Reclaiming a Writing Voice as a New Teacher Educator: SoTL as Portal. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Vol. 5: No. 2, Article 22. Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/ij-sotl/vol5/iss2/22

Facilitator biographies

  • Facilitator One – Dr Amani Bell

    The University of Sydney


    Amani Bell is a senior lecturer in the Educational Innovation team at the University of Sydney. Her current research focuses on academics and students working in partnership to change higher education. Prior to her co-editor role with HERD, she was an associate editor for the journal for three years.

  • Facilitator Two – Dr Wendy Green

    University of Tasmania


    Wendy Green is a senior lecturer in the Tasmanian Institute of Learning and teaching (TILT), University of Tasmania (UTAS). She is Co-Executive Editor of Higher Education Research & Development, and the National Convenor of the IEAA, Special Interest Group for Internationalising the Curriculum. Wendy is currently undertaking a National Learning and Teaching Fellowship focussing on ‘engaging students as partners in global learning’.

  • Facilitator Three – Dr Craig Whitsed

    Murdoch University


    Craig Whitsed is Lead Advisor Academic Staff development Teaching and Learning in the Centre for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL). He is Co-Executive Editor of Higher Education Research & Development, and Visiting Fellow at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). Craig is a past IEAA, Special Interest Group for Internationalising the Curriculum and his research focus is curriculum internationalisation, academic and employee engagement and teamwork pedagogies.

  • Facilitator Four - Bernadette Knewstubb

    Victoria University of Wellington

    Bernadette Knewstubb is a lecturer in academic development at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research explores the relationship between teaching and learning in higher education, and graduate attributes. She became an associate editor for HERD in 2010, before becoming a co-editor of the Journal in 2017.

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  • Key Dates
  • Call for Proposals Open 12 September 2016
  • Registration Opens 19 September 2016
  • Call for Refereed Paper Abstracts Closes 23 October 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance for Refereed Paper Abstracts 15 November 2016
  • Full Paper from Accepted Abstracts Due 6 February 2017
  • All Other Submission Types Due 20 February 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance for All Other Submission Types 10 April 2017
  • Early Bird Registration Extended till 12 May 2017
  • Pre-Conference Workshops 27 June 2017
  • HERDSA 2017 Conference 28 – 30 June 2017